The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Latham, NY—The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is proud to announce the 2023 VBF Free Laser and Ultrasound Clinic – Greece, on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in collaboration with host Stavros Tombris, M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., Director of the EVA Clinic, and Candela Medical, a leading global manufacturer of energy-based devices.

Collaboration Provides Help and Hope to About 30 Individuals from an Estimated 10 Countries in Europe

The 2023 Free Laser and Ultrasound Clinic in Greece is sponsored by Barr Linton and his family, and will take place at the EVA Clinic with co-host Stavros Tombris, M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., Director of the EVA Clinic. The event will be preceded by the VBF Port Wine Stain Birthmark Research Conference, which is a continuation of the VBF/ASLMS Laser Guidelines project–a project that was recognized at the ASLMS Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

“Thank you to Dr. Tombris and his staff for the use of the EVA Clinic for our VBF free laser, consultation, and ultrasound clinic. We would also like to thank Linton Barr and his family for sponsoring this event, and Candela Medical for donating equipment and for continuously supporting VBF’s mission,” said Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., President and Founder, VBF. “This free clinic will provide both help and hope to our VBARS community in Europe. No matter what is happening in the world, the need for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan does not stop.”

The clinic will offer free laser and ultrasound services to children and adults living with a vascular birthmark, anomaly and/or related syndrome (VBARS) and free Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)  and Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) consultations.s. The treatments will be performed at the EVA Clinic in Athens, Greece. Candela’s Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is considered the gold standard for the laser treatment of port wine stains and other vascular anomalies in infants and children, as well as adults.

“Candela is ever grateful for all of the tremendous work the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation does all over the world. We are honored to support the many physicians and the teams that help improve the lives of patients using Candela’s VBeam 595 nm technology.” says Konika Patel Schallen, M.D., Senior VP, Clinical Operations and Medical Director at Candela Corp. “We are committed to developing innovative, transformational technologies that treat serious afflictions impacting individuals regardless of age and skin type from around the globe, and we are happy to partner with this Foundation that shares our same belief in changing lives.”

Experts in attendance at the free clinic will include:

  • Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., President and Founder of the VBF
  • Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., Director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York
  • Giacomo Colletti, M.D., D.D.S., VBF Italy Medical Director and VBF Europe Co-Medical Director, and Associate Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at UniMORE
  • Milton Waner, M.D., M.B., B.Ch.(Wits.), FCS(SA), Director of the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York and pediatric facial plastic surgeon
  • Stavros Tombris, M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., Director of the EVA Clinic
  • Anne Comi, M.D., pediatric neurologist, clinical scientist, and Director of the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

For more information, including registration to attend, visit:

As part of VBF’s ongoing program of free laser clinics, the next free events will include 2023 VBF Annual Conference and Super Clinic in New York City in October; and the VBF Italy 2023 Super Clinic in Milan, Italy, in December.

About the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by vascular birthmarks, anomalies, or related syndromes to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment. VBF provides informational resources, sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with vascular birthmarks. For more information about VBF, please visit

About EVA
The European Vascular Anomalies (EVA) Clinic is a modern medical unit providing specialized and coordinated services for patients with Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations. Additionally, the surgical team treats any medical condition that causes functional and aesthetic problems on the face and neck. The clinic’s physicians are highly trained Facial Surgeons, specialized in Maxillofacial, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Interventional Radiologists, Pathologists, Dermatologists and other related medical specialists and healthcare providers.

About Candela Medical
Established in 1970, Candela is a leading US-based global medical aesthetic device company with headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The company’s technologies enable physicians to provide advanced energy-based solutions for a broad range of medical-aesthetic applications including treatment of benign vascular and pigmented lesions, scar revision, facial resurfacing, wrinkle reduction, acne, spider veins, cellulite reduction, body shaping, gynecological conditions, and tattoo and hair removal. For more information about Candela Medical or the Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser, please visit

Media Contacts:
For the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Inc., contact: Gina Rothe, Marketing Communications Manager,

For Candela, contact: Aviva Katz, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, EMEA, Candela Medical,